You want your chidren to have a fabulous birthday cake, complete with coloured icing and decorations that will make there little eyes light up with happiness and wonder, but you don't want to feed your children and guests unhealthy cake decorated with down right toxic, artificially coloured icing & decorations. Not a problem, we will show you how easy it is to make a super fantastic all natural, healthy kids birthday cake, that is diary & fructose free, vegan and low in FODMAP ingredients. Then we will show you how to create different types of natural vegan icings & fondants and how to decorate your kids birthday cake using all natural ingredients.
A vegan cake cuts out the following animals ingredients - gelatin, shellac, carmine/cochineal, butter, milk, cream and eggs, so therefore is considered a humanely baked cake. Before you continue reading take a moment to read this article of ours Food Additives, Colourants and Preservatives, THE TRUTH IS OUT and now onto the fun part... CAKE MAKING & DECORATING!
Simple Vegan Plain Birthday Cake Recipe
Ingredients - Available from Health Food Stores, Organic Grocery Stores and also even some Supermarkets.
2 cups of Organic Plain Flour or Organic White Spelt Flour which is a healthier and FODMAP friendlier flour.
3/4 cup of Organic Castor Sugar- you can go down to half a cup if you prefer, which I often do.
1/2 tsp of Sea Salt
1/2 tsp of Bi-carb- make sure aluminum free
1 tsp Baking Powder- make sure aluminum free
1 cup of Filtered Water
2 Tbsp of Light Vegan Butter or you could try Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp of Rice Bran of Macadamia Oil
1 tsp of Organic Vanilla Essence
1 tsp of freshly squeezed Organic Lemon Juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a small square Pyrex Baking Dish by either greasing it down with your vegan butter/coconut oil, or lining with eco-friendly un-bleached baking paper. You could use a silicone cake pan also, as so far silicone seems quite safe, but glass is by far the safest option to bake in.
In a glass or stainless steel bowls combine dry ingredients in one bowl and wet in the other , then combine wet and dry together with a wooden spoon, do not over stir!! Cook in oven for 20-25 mins. Let cool on a cake rack before decorating.
To make a Chocolate Vegan Birthday Cake or a Strawberry one, add 3 tablespoons of Raw Organic Cacao Powder and for Strawberry Vegan Cake, I found this nifty trick on a vegan cake site. Buy some Organic Freeze Dried Strawberries and blend down into a powder and add to mixture above.
Vegan Natural Icing Recipe
Vegan, Natural Coloured Icing on Truffula Trees
1 cup of Organic Icing Sugar
1 tespoon of fresh Organic Lemon Juice, or you can use Organic Oranges or Limes
Hoppers 100% Natural Food Colourings, available from good Cake Decorating Stores and Health Food Stores.
To make Organic Chocolate Icing
You can either melt down a block or Organic Dark Chocolate and spread
or a sweeter version...
1 cup Organic Icing Sugar
3 tablespoons of Organic Raw Cacao
you can then add filtered water till you get the right consistency.
Alternatively you could use melted Organic Virgin Coconut Oil instead of water, but this icing will harden in the fridge and if very hot will melt right off the cake!!
Note - this icing
Slowly add in filtered water by the teaspoon to mix into a thick white paste. Then add a drop or two of your desired Hopper Colour to get the shades and colours you want.
You can also make a thinner more watery icing which is more of a glaze.
This type of icing dries hard and has a smooth , shiny look to it. See my home-made Lorax Truffula Trees pic above.
Vegan, All Natural Agar Agar Cake Fondant Recipe
Vegan Fondant, Naturally Coloured Angelina Ballerina Birthday Cake
Please note as this is an all natural and vegan fondant, you will not get exactly the same consistency as normal store bought fondant, below I have listed some handy tips when working with this natural fondant.
3/4 tsp of Organic and Clean ( not from Japan) Agar Agar by Natali - See our article Japanese Seaweed Products and Radiation Contamination.
1/8 cup of cold filtered water
1/4 cup of Glucose Syrup
1 tbsp of Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
1/2 tbsp of Vegetable Glycerin
4-5 cups of Organic Icing Sugar - Ceres or Organic Times make a good one
1 tsp of Organic Vanilla Extract
Hoppers all Natural Food Colourings
Sift icing sugar into a stainless steel bowl. Now mix Agar Agar with water in a small stainless steel saucepan and let it soak for 10 mins till is becomes thick. Now heat on very low and dissolve very slowly, stir continuously and if it looks like the gel is drying out add a tablespoon of water when necessary. Should take another 10 mins all up. Next add in your glucose and coconut oil and stir till dissolved. Follow by adding in the glycerin and vanilla you could also add in a drop of organic lemon, orange or lime essence by Leckers. Now split your amount of icing sugar, putting half in a separate bowl. In one bowl make a well in the sugar and pour in your agar liquid. Stir with a wooden spoon adding more icing sugar as needed, when you can no longer stir the mixture, start to knead it with your hands till like playdough. You may need up to 4 or 5 cups of icing sugar to get the right consistency of fondant. Now if you are going to use the fondant immediately then you can massage in your desired Hoppers Food Colours, but remember, as these are all natural they don't keep for long once made up and the fondant covered cake or decorations should be stored in the fridge till ready to eat. If you want to keep your fondant for later use, do not colour and store it in a zip-lock bag or cellophane candy bag and then inside an airtight container. You do not need to refrigerate fondant if not coloured.
Vegan, All Natural Jungle Lion Cake
Working with Vegan Fondant Tips
- When you use Hoppers Food Colours, or make your own home-made organic food colours, from the strained juice of boiled berries, beetroot or tumeric, the Fondant gets a little sticker and the colours will not be as vibrant, as they are 100% natural and vegan, but you will get used to working with this texture and colour and believe me the children don't notice the difference. Remember even if you buy the natural food colours from the supermarkets, you will find the red and pink and some other colours contain Carmine or Cochineal - this is a bright red pigment extracted from crushed beetles. To make it less sticky when working with it, you may need to add some icing sugar to your rolling pin, board and hands and it may make the fondant look a little dusty, you can gently wet a finger, or organic cotton tip with a little water and super gently dab it onto the dusty areas, this will leave the fondant glossy and shiny and make is easy to smooth and fix any cracks or mistake.
- You will also find that when the fondant dries out it can get a little crumbly, again a minute amount of water will rectify this problem, be super careful to not over wet as you will create a slush.
- I use eco-friendly baking paper to trace out characters I have printed from the computer if they are too hard to free-hand cut out of fondant e.g the Barbie on the Cake below and then making sure I put the ink side up I place it onto of another clean piece of baking paper, to ensure no ink gets transferred onto the icing. I then trace the outline using a toothpick onto the some rolled out fondant and then cut it out with a very sharp, small and very pointy knife. Or alternatively with the Lorax above, I just rolled the shapes with my hands for the body, head, eyes and nose and flattened them. For the rest of the body e.g arms, legs, eyebrows and moustache, I rolled out the fondant and cut it out free-hand.
- Because you are using natural colourings, you can't make the fondant more than a day or two before and any coloured fondant shapes should be stored in the fridge, whether on the cake or not.
- To stick your fondant onto the cake use either organic strawberry jam or for a stronger hold a touch of glucose syrup.
- I find toothpicks are great for using to shape fondant, as you can dip the end in water if you need to get a smooth look or outline in the fondant
Organic and Healthier Cake Decorations
All Natural Vegan Boots, Map and Backpack Birthday Cake
- Organic Black Licorice from Green Grove Organics can be cut to make outlines or the centre of eyes on your figurines and is a healthier option to carbon black, which is used to make food colouring. Though whether you choose to use any black colours is a choice you need to make as ALL black colouring comes from Black Carbon or E153 with is allowed in Australia in the Vegetable Black Carbon and EU but banned in the USA as it is a potential carcinogen even if natural. I also sometimes used the Willows black natural gel, again E153, but I don't give anyone those pieces to eat!
- Organic Times Little Gems are like tiny M & M's and these are lovely as borders and eyes and flower petals - not vegan but organic milk chocolate
- Eco Vital made vegan, organic jelly lollies e.g snakes, jubes and bears etc and is available from Vegan Perfection, The Cruelty Free Shop and other online stores and health food stores.
- Hoppers Food Colours make not only food colouring, but safer sprinkles and other cake decorations. But as their black and silver coloured products still contain E153 I would not eat them.
- Yummy Earth's lollipops make great trees or traffic signs on cakes, but the rest of the range may contain gelatin so not suitable for vegetarians of vegans.
So far I have only attempted one cake a this year with home-made fondant The Lorax one, the others I bought a vegan fondant from a cake store, so not great, but still used all natural colourings to colour the fondant. You can see the slight difference in texture, not as dry, but still worked really well and kids could eat it all with no chemicals whatsoever, although still plenty of sugar, but it was a birthday party and a small piece each, so not too bad!!
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A Vegan, Naturally Coloured THE LORAX Birthday Cake
All Natural and Vegan Barbie Birthday Cake done using Organic and All Natural Ingredients and Food Colourings